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Old 08-09-2018, 3:22 PM
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Default As we are on the topic of Martini's

This one came home today. Super Rare Westley Richards ZAR carbine! .577/450, so it will thump. Still trying to get the numbers for how many produced. Little different than a standard Martini, as this is not a Martini Henry, but rather a Martini Francotte. This particular one was made for the Boer Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, also known as the Transvaal Republic. The Francotte is a nice upgrade as it is much easier to disassemble.






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That's pretty cool. My son picked a somewhat rough Nepalese made Martini-Francotte a few years ago. Neat gun, but neither of us feels brave enough to shoot it. It inspired me to look around for a Martini-Henry for myself and I found a Enfield MkII made in 1888 in decent shape and I just have to get off my butt and load up some ammo for it.
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Absolutely awesome. I know nothing about the different variants and rarity, but I can appreciate a very cool antique when I see one. Great Martini, thanks for sharing.

As someone who has visited South Africa multiple times and have seen the Boer legacy, you have a great piece.
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Sweet-O! Baie lekker!

Did you bring it back from RSA?
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Did you bring it back from RSA?
Negative, got it locally in the states. Can't wait to try it!
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Absolutely awesome. I know nothing about the different variants and rarity, but I can appreciate a very cool antique when I see one. Great Martini, thanks for sharing.

As someone who has visited South Africa multiple times and have seen the Boer legacy, you have a great piece.
Can't wait to get back to the RSA. Still no word on getting my wife back from there.
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Is it required that you wear a white hat and red tunic for live fire purposes?
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Not required but does enhance the experience


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Very cool OP!

I have always had a thing for Martini rifles (since watching the original version of "Zulu Dawn" decades ago), though I've never owned one.
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Very cool OP!

I have always had a thing for Martini rifles (since watching the original version of "Zulu Dawn" decades ago), though I've never owned one.
I'd order a Mk IV from IMA while they are still around. That's where my long Lever came from and after getting the yack muck off it was nearly pristine
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I'd order a Mk IV from IMA while they are still around. That's where my long Lever came from and after getting the yack muck off it was nearly pristine
I have an Atlanta Cutlery MkIV, it is in great condition and a fun shooter.

What part of RSA is your wife from? Spent a bit of time around Pietermaritzburg and visited Joburg, Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Kruger park.
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She’s from Cape Town
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Beautiful! Hope the water issue has been resolved. A lot of South Africa reminded me of the terrain of Southern California
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